Auditions scheduled for upcoming production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”
Oct. 30, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Maryville College Theatre Department is inviting community members to audition for the Spring 2014 production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”
Auditions are scheduled for Tues., Nov. 19 and Wed., Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.
Roles are available for at least 12 men and 12 women. Most of the roles are for people who look like they are college-aged (18-22), but there are several roles for men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s, said Dr. Heather McMahon, associate professor of theatre at Maryville College.
“I’m looking for actors who have big voices and great stage presence,” McMahon said. “I want performers who can fill the Nutt stage and draw audiences into the zany, over-the-top world of this play.”
Those who would like to audition should prepare about one minute of a song and a one-minute comic monologue. The song should be “contemporary and ‘poppy,’” similar to the style of "Legally Blonde," McMahon said. Auditioners should also bring sheet music with them to the audition (an accompanist will be provided).
The show will open to the public on Feb. 14 and will run through Feb. 16 at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown and subsequent film of the same name, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” first opened on Broadway in 2007. The musical follows the story of sorority president Elle Woods, who is on a mission to find love at Harvard Law School – and discovers more than she ever imagined about life, love and herself.
“I chose this musical because it has a large cast and plenty of roles for talented college-aged women—which we have in great supply!” McMahon said. “I also thought that it would be a fun show to see over Valentine’s weekend. Ultimately, it is a love story … though I also like that it’s a story about a young woman who finds her own potential and discovers that she may have been looking for all the wrong things in life!”
For more information, please contact McMahon at 865.981.8161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester was 1,213.